Act IV Scene 1 part 2
Updated: 1/28/2021
Act IV Scene 1 part 2

Storyboard Text

  • ...Macbeth shall never be vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him.
  • Listen, but speak not to 't
  • What is this that rises like the issue of a king...And top of sovereignty?
  • Seek to know no more.
  • Deny me this and an eternal curse fall on you! Let me know!
  • That will never be...Of birnam rise, and our high-placed Macbeth shall live the lease of nature...Tell me, if your art can tell so much : Shall Banquo's issue ever reign in this kingdom?
  • Show his eyes, and grieve his heart. Come like shadows; so depart.
  • The third apparition, a child crowned holding a tree, tells Macbeth to take courage. He cannot be defeated unless Birnam Wood travels a 12-mile distance to his castle.
  • Infected be the air whereon they ride, And damned all those that trust them! I did hear The galloping of horse. Who was ’t came by?
  • No, my lord
  • Saw you the Weïrd Sisters?
  • Macbeth boasts that he will never again be troubled by ghosts and that he will live out his expected life span. But he wants to know more...if Banquo's children will ever rule his kingdom
  • ’Tis two or three, my lord, that bring you wordMacduff is fled to England.
  • Fled to England?
  • All eight kings look like Banquo. The mirror shows a future with many more Banquo look-alikes as kings. Banquo, his hair matted (boltered) with blood, claims all the kings as his descendants.
  • Why do you show me this?—A fourth? Start, eyes! What, will the line stretch out to th’ crack of doom? Another yet? A seventh? I’ll see no more...Horrible sight! Now I see ’tis true,For the blood-boltered Banquo smiles upon meAnd points at them for his.
  • The castle of Macduff I will surprise,Seize upon Fife, give to th’ edge o’ th’ swordHis wife, his babes, and all unfortunate soulsThat trace him in his line. No boasting like a fool;This deed I’ll do before this purpose cool.
  • After the witches vanish, Lennox enters the cave. Macbeth asks if he has seen the weird sisters pass by. Then says that you shouldn't trust them which is ironic because he went to seek answers from the witches.
  • Lennox tells Macbeth that Macduff has fled to England. Macbeth gets upset when he hears these news.
  • Frustrated in his desire to kill Macduff, Macbeth blames his own hesitation, which gave his enemy time to flee. From now on, Macbeth promises, he will act immediately on his impulses. He will surprise Macduff’s castle at Fife and kill his wife and children.